The novelty of this edition was the implementation of BWF’s new ‘Team Relay’ scoring system which was introduced during the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires last year. Thanks to the Team Relay, each player contributes points for the team’s scoreboard. This new scoring system was well received by players, teachers and parents and they supported their players during every rally.
The Awards Ceremony was a highlight, with Olympic champion and three-time world champion, Carolina Marin presented trophies, medals, certificate of diplomas and gifts to the players besides presents to the special guests. Maria José Rienda, Minister of Sports at High Sports Council, and the representatives of Toyota and MGS Insurances, the main supporters of the programme, were the special guests. Carolina Marin’s presence turned out to be a pleasant surprise for the players.
Up to now, Badminton+ Shuttle Time has involved the participation of 75 clubs, 648 schools and 63,432 children. The main objective of the programme is the inclusion of badminton as a tool of high value in the teaching-learning process of the Spanish education system. Badminton+ Shuttle Time covers a wide range of activities such as promotions, courses, e-learning platforms and festivals, under the motto ‘Badminton, Education & Health’. Badminton Spain is looking forward to growing the number of participating clubs, schools and children in the coming years.